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The Emerging Markets Handbook: An analysis of the investment potential in 18 key emerging market economies by Pran Tiku

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Introduction

The term emerging markets first gained traction in 1980, as a small group of investors began broadening their search for more profitable opportunities around the world. By then, the stigma attached to many of these countries – of overpopulation, poverty, corruption and so on – had begun to diminish, and it was soon recognised that these economies were becoming vibrant thanks in large part to natural resources, cheap labour, and large populations.

There have always been emerging markets. The United States, for most of its early existence, was considered an emerging market, as were countries such as Japan after the second world war. Based on the historical trend, the implication is quite clear: yesterday’s emerging markets are likely ...

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